…WRITER’S NEED INSPIRATION; conversations, observations, images, thoughts, feelings. Inevitably we run low on it from time to time. You’ve all seen the innumerable quotes littering the web by Author X or Author Y on how they write, what their routine is, the witty remarks captured on photographic backgrounds and they help, they do. But not for longer than a few seconds.
It’s really, really easy to fall into the trap of constantly seeking inspiration by other authors, relying on it even, but the simple truth is they are not you, and you are not they. What works for King, Rowling, Hemingway is not what works for you. Not entirely anyway. Yes they have wisdom to pass on. Yes they are hugely successful (another reason not to compare yourself). Don’t be disappointed if you don’t work well from the crack of dawn in a small hut. Don’t be disappointed if you write 2000 words a day, not 10000. Don’t find fault in yourself, because your writing habits are not aligned with famous authors.
The same applies to self-help books if anyone’s read one. They are written from the point of view of the author. Sure the ideas may be inspiring, but you are not the author. You or I can never replicate the success based on someones advice in a book. Generally the only one the book helps is the author by getting your hard-earned. There’s a wonderful saying: Great sailor, hellish on a boat. As in you can know how to do something, technically, but that’s different from being able to apply it in reality. Reading Robert Mckee’s Story or Stephen King’s On Writing, isn’t going to make you a screenwriter extraordinaire, or a fantastic novelist, all they can do is give you an idea on how it is done, how they did it. And I doubt they are dishing out all their secrets.
Writing is lonely. Writing is tough. Writing is easy. Writing is a contradiction. One thing that will never change is that writing and reading as much as possible are beneficial to the process.
I realise I have unintentionally come across like some guru figure, contradicting myself, but hopefully you get the main message. Disagree? Think I’m talking bullfourletters? Agree vehemently (< I haven’t used that classic word in a while)?